Plot[ edit ] The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prisonwhere he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide. On his return to his home near Sallisaw, OklahomaTom meets former preacher Jim Casy, whom he remembers from his childhood, and the two travel together.
When they arrive at Tom's childhood farm home, they find it deserted. Disconcerted and confused, Tom and Casy meet their old neighbor, Muley Graves, who tells them the family has gone to stay at Uncle John Joad's home nearby.
Graves tells them that the banks have evicted all the farmers, but he refuses to leave the area. The next morning, Tom and Casy go to Uncle John's. Tom finds his family loading their remaining possessions into a Hudson Motor Car Company sedan converted to a truck; with their crops destroyed by the Dust Bowlthe family has defaulted on their bank loans, and their farm has been repossessed.
Consequently, the Joads see no option but to seek work in California, described in handbills as fruitful and offering high pay. The Joads put everything they have into making the journey. Although leaving Oklahoma would violate his parole, Tom decides it is worth the risk, and invites Casy to join him and his family. Traveling west on Route 66the Joad family find the road crowded with other migrants.
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In makeshift camps, they hear many stories from others, some returning from California, and the group worries about lessening prospects. The family dwindles as well: Grandpa dies along the road, and they bury him in a field; Grandma dies close to the California state line; and both Noah the eldest Joad son and Connie Rivers the husband of the pregnant Joad daughter, Rose of Sharon leave the family. Led by Ma, the remaining members realize they can only continue, as nothing is left for them in Oklahoma.
Reaching California, they find the state oversupplied with labor ; wages are low, and workers are exploited to the point of starvation. The big corporate farmers are in collusion and smaller farmers suffer from collapsing prices.
Weedpatch Campone of the clean, utility-supplied camps operated by the Resettlement Administrationa New Deal agency, offers better conditions but does not have enough resources to care for all the needy families.
Nonetheless, as a Federal facility, the camp protects the migrants from harassment by California deputies. You can't scare him — he has known a fear beyond every other. The remaining Joads work as strikebreakers in a peach orchard, where Casy is involved in a strike that eventually turns violent. When Tom Joad witnesses Casy's fatal beating, he kills the attacker and flees as a fugitive.
The Joads later leave the orchard for a cotton farm, where Tom is at risk of being arrested for the homicide. Tom bids his mother farewell and promises to work for the oppressed.
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Rose of Sharon's baby is stillborn. Ma Joad remains steadfast and forces the family through the bereavement. With rain, the Joads' dwelling is flooded and they move to higher ground. In the final chapter of the book, the family takes shelter from the flood in an old barn.
Inside they find a young boy and his father, who is dying of starvation. Rose of Sharon takes pity on the man and offers him her breast milk to save him from starvation. Characters[ edit ] Tom Joad: Protagonist of the story; the Joad family's second son, named after his father. Later on, Tom takes leadership of the family even though he is young.
Practical and warm-spirited, she tries to hold the family together. Her given name is never learned; it is suggested that her maiden name was Hazlett. Patriarch, also named Tom, age Hardworking sharecropper and family man. Pa becomes a broken man upon losing his livelihood and means of supporting his family, forcing Ma to assume leadership.
Pa Joad's older brother Tom describes him as "a fella about 60", but in narrative he is described as He felt guilty about the death of his young wife years before, and has been prone to binges involving alcohol and prostitutes, but is generous with his goods. A former preacher who lost his faith.
He is a Christ-like figure and is based on Ed Ricketts. The third youngest son, a "smart-aleck sixteen-year-older" who cares mainly for cars and girls; he looks up to Tom, but begins to find his own way.
Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers: Childish and dreamy teenage daughter 18 who develops into a mature woman. Pregnant in the beginning of the novel, she delivers a stillborn baby, perhaps due to malnutrition. Rose of Sharon's husband. The oldest son, he is the first to leave the family, planning to live off fishing on the Colorado River. Injured at birth and described as "strange", he may have slight learning difficulties. Tom's grandfather, who expresses his strong desire to stay in Oklahoma.
His full name is given as William James Joad. Grampa is drugged by his family with " soothin' syrup " to force him to leave, but he dies the first evening on the road.
Casy attributes his death to a stroke but says that Grampa is "jus' stayin' with the lan'.
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He couldn' leave it. Grampa Joad's religious wife; she loses her will to live after his death. She dies while the family is crossing the Mojave Desert. The youngest daughter, age twelve. She is shown to be reckless and childish. Quarreling with another child, she reveals Tom in hiding.
The youngest male in the family, age ten, "kid-wild and calfish". Manages the camp at Weedpatchhe shows the Joads surprising favor. The case against him has collapsed last month He was jailed for IRA membership in But he says he later became dedicated to the peace process and worked to persuade others to give up violence.
Travelling to Canada inhe claims the authorities there were assured by British authorities that they had no issue with him.
The blast tragically happened as his mother was waiting in nearby Horse Guards for the mounted troop to arrive. Lt Daly had not long returned from a tour in Northern Ireland where his replacement was shot and killed by a sniper Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright The year-old was the standard bearer of the Blues and Royals, and died in hospital three days after being injured in the blast Trooper Simon Tipper The year-old had also been married for less than a month, and died at the scene Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young The year-old was married with two children, aged three and 22 months.
He died the day after the blast - a week before his 20th birthday For more than 30 years, John Downey has had the IRA bombing in Hyde Park hanging over his head - and the families of four victims denied justice.
A Morris Marina car containing pounds of explosives with wire nails as shrapnel is left in South Carriage Drive. It killed four soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard. The explosion injured other members of the Royal Household Cavalry and killed seven horses as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.
An artist's impression of a suspect is released by the police. October 21, - The Sunday Times publishes Downey's picture and alleges he is wanted over the bombing.
Meanwhile, Scotland Yard prepares to seek his extradition largely based on fingerprint evidence on parking tickets. November 21, - The then attorney general Sir Patrick Mayhew considers Downey's case and decides the finger print evidence is not compelling enough to seek extradition. June - a review by Scotland Yard backs up the decision not to seek extradition.